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The Sainsbury Research Unit facilitates scholarly research and dialogue by sponsoring periodic conferences, symposia, workshops and other meetings on topical and regional themes in the study of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

See the conference archive for details of earlier such events.

Paleoclimate, Water Use and Environmental Phenomena in Ancient Peru and Their Contemporary Impact

Call for workshop participants
(Trujillo, Peru - 28-31 January 2019)
Organised by Dr George Lau (SRU/UEA) and Dr Gabriel Prieto (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo)
In spite of its unforgiving landscape and climatic and environmental challenges, ancient Peru was a heartland of Pre-Columbian civilisation. Its people flourished due to technologies and organisational systems which ensured access to vital resources, especially water. This workshop highlights this record of past cultural solutions and their relevane for contemporary practices in northern Peru. The workshop will: 1) survey evidence of severe climatic activity, resource stress and adaptations through time; and 2) begin interdisciplinary dialogues to see if, and how, the past can help inform the future.
The workshop is especially timely, given recent extreme climatic events, and the need to reflect on current studies to examine their wider joined-up relevance today. The workshop is a unique opportunity to share knowledge between disciplines that do not customarily interact, particularly in Peru. Diverse experts (archaeology, history, development, environmental sciences) and government representatives are to detail and discuss past technologies (material and social), emphasising water use and management.   We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Peru to apply to attend this workshop. Travel and accommodation expenses are to be covered by the Newton Paulet Fund Researcher Links programme. More details and an application form for the workshop and activities can be found through the links on the right.

Please note that due to the change in event dates, we are still accepting completed forms -- if any queries please contact the event organisers.